If the President Wants to Win, He Needs to Do Better

As a brief internet search will quickly confirm, I have spilt more than my share of ink defending President Trump against the incessant, and incessantly blatant, lies of his enemies. And I remain committed to voting for the president come November.

Yet, as of now, I can’t imagine that I will bring with me the enthusiasm I had in 2016. 

Today, not quite four years after Trump’s historic victory, America is now in its fourth month—its fourth month—of its transformation from a (relatively) free country into an internment camp. All of this because of a virus the majority of whose hosts are asymptomatic and whose overall mortality rate, at approximately 0.1 percent, is about that of the seasonal flu. 

By the arbitrary decrees of power-hungry, politically motivated governors and mayors, Americans have had their lives radically subverted: economically, psychologically, and socially, Americans of all races and ages have been immeasurably harmed. 

The mask, that most dehumanizing symbol of fear, of subjugation, and of social alienation, is now a staple of everyday life.

This historically unprecedented state of affairs occurred in Trump’s America. 

But so, too, did something else.

On the eve of summer, as fears regarding the coronavirus were beginning to ease as it became increasingly obvious that “the curve” had not just been flattened but crushed, Trump’s enemies—America’s enemies—proceeded to execute a campaign of mass lawlessness and violence in well over a hundred cities throughout the country. 

The “fundamental transformation” of the country for which the Left has long ached was given new life as monuments to Euro-Christian civilization (including monuments to abolitionists, black and white) were razed by generously funded, well-organized mobs of street vermin.

The White House itself—the place where the president and his loved ones reside—was under attack.

And yet, while we can thank God that the First Family is safe, it’s been more than a little demoralizing for millions of us that Western civilization’s malcontents, its mortal nemeses, continued, and continue, to act with abandon. 

From the “law and order” president, his supporters deserve more than threatening tweets. 

President Trump assured voters a few years ago that he would use the resources of the office of the presidency to make America great again. 

He promised to do so. 

He didn’t say that as long as Democrats and Republicans agree to go along with him that he’d make America great again. 

He most emphatically did not say that because of our “federalist” system of government, or because it is a Democrat-controlled town, that there was nothing that he could do, say, about lawlessness in the streets of Chicago. To the contrary, he held up the Windy City as an illustration of the worst of Democratic Party politics with which to juxtapose what he was offering as an antidote. 

Think about this: If it is respect for “federalism” and/or resistance on the part of Trump’s adversaries that accounts for why he’s done nothing to stem the rising tide of blood in our (admittedly mostly blue) cities, then what will change after November if he is reelected? 

If, nearly four years after having been elected to the presidency, Trump can’t deliver on his promise of law and order today, then why should anyone believe him when he assures them that if only they reelect him, he will so deliver tomorrow

If, as many of us know, Democrat politicians, their fellow-partisan apologists in the fake news industry, and such deep state bureaucrats as Anthony Fauci have labored tirelessly to inspire fear over a virus that doesn’t warrant an iota of the energy that’s been expended upon it; if, as many of us know, the unscrupulous have aimed all along to exploit this coronavirus to destroy the Trump economy, punish Trump’s supporters, and inflict upon all fellow Americans as much economic, domestic, psychological, and social devastation as possible; and if, as many of us know, these same bad actors encouraged and incited panic and uncertainty by encouraging, subsidizing, and organizing the mobs of thugs that have taken to America’s streets—if, as we see,  they have been spectacularly successful in doing all of this in order to get rid of Trump come November, one question remains.

Would the president’s loyal supporters be better off not voting for him or the Republicans?

If voting Trump guarantees that the Left will continue on this same rage campaign, then wouldn’t those of us who want an end to the mass hysteria over this cold virus, a return to normalcy, just be better off not voting for him?

The lawlessness and other malaise that Trump and the GOP assure us the Democrats will visit upon America exists now, under a Republican president and Senate. Moreover, if I’m correct about the Democrats’ plan—and I am—then in the event that they assume power in November, “the virus,” along with the internment of the country that they’ve executed, will almost certainly become a thing of the past, and virtually overnight. So too, am I confident, will the mob’s continuing attacks on our country relent.

The Democrats’ ultimate objective, after all, is to make Trump a one-term president. They want Trump not just to leave, but to leave in utter disgrace, to leave as a fluke, an anomaly, and to be remembered as both a bad dream and an example to any other would-be “outsiders” who may be delusional enough to think that they won’t suffer Trump’s same fate if they decide to run for “the highest office in the land.”

To this end, they are working around the clock to ensconce in the popular collective consciousness an indelible link between the Trump administration and the chaos that seems to be swallowing the nation. If only Americans vote Donald Trump out of office in November, normalcy will be restored! This is the idea.

And in order to remain in power once they get it, the Democrats in Washington, D.C. and the corporate leftist media, no doubt, will labor just as diligently to, in fact, restore some sense of normalcy. 

As I said, Trump will have my vote again. His enemies have proven themselves time and time again to be my enemies, for they are the enemies of America, Western civilization, and Christianity—the enemies of all that is True, Just, Beautiful, and Good. 

Still, and while I’d continue to bet (along with the big gamblers who, unlike fake pollsters, have skin in the game and who are wagering on a decisive win for Trump) that the president and the Republicans will be reelected in the fall, it’s also possible that not everyone who formerly supported them will do so this time. Or, if they will, it will be minus the excitement that animated them four years ago. 

Trump must do better. The internment must end. Through the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause in the Constitution, Trump can rein in these oppressive blue-state politicians and reopen the nation’s economy. 

He must. 

Through the Insurrection Act, he can squash whatever violent rebellions may arise on the scene in the future and/or resolve to defund, not the police, but blue states that are defunding their police departments while allowing punks to terrorize the law-abiding and peaceful. 

Trump and his Republicans must do these things. Threatening tweets no longer pass muster. Just the opposite: They make Trump look weak when he fails to follow through with action.

For the sake of the country that I know the president loves, it is imperative that he acts, and acts now

About Jack Kerwick

Jack Kerwick earned his doctorate degree in philosophy from Temple University. His areas of specialization are ethics and political philosophy, with a particular interest in classical conservatism. His work has appeared in both scholarly journals and popular publications, and he recently authored, The American Offensive: Dispatches from the Front. Kerwick has been teaching philosophy for nearly 17 years at a variety of institutions, from Baylor to Temple, Penn State University, the College of New Jersey and elsewhere. His next book, Misguided Guardians: The Conservative Case Against Neoconservatism is pending publication. He is currently an instructor of philosophy at Rowan College at Burlington County.

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